Summer is the most beautiful season in Chicago. Lots of people go running, biking, and sunbathing on the lakefront to enjoy the brilliant sunshine, gentle wind, and fresh scents. The kiosk is not just a commercial area – it can also be a place to have a precious summer moment. People will visit the kiosk for many reasons – for selling and buying wares, enjoying the scenery, or hanging out with friends. Figuratively speaking, the kiosk hugs the space where people enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, and starlight.
The “Hugging” kiosk is bent toward the lakefront. This architectural gesture defines its function and form. It is transformed from the box-like form in order to create a space where people can gather. The kiosk is located at the border between the urban grid and the lakefront. Its form resembles the shape of the lake. The material comes from the city, but its form is a response to that of the lake. Curved form of the kiosk provides closer distance between service area and seating area for users. The space that is embraced by the kiosk between the service area and seating area will maximize interactions between activities and people. The kiosk will accommodate diverse public activities, including commercial use, cultural use, and public use. In addition, both users and service providers such as vendors can see the lake from the kiosk because of its unique form. People will experience beautiful the Chicago skyline, and beautiful views in the day and night.
Fabrication / Mobility
The structure of the kiosk is enclosed by steel frames. Brushed aluminium panels and stairs are fabricated out of MC channel stringers and steel structure frames. Each side of the kiosk is wrapped in composite perforated aluminium panels. Perforated aluminium metal panels are mounted with clear poly carbonated panels. This reduces glare and solar gain inside service area and protects the service area from inclement weather. The perforated panel also provides the kiosk with a beautiful lighting effect at night. The kiosk is easily transportable. It is preassembled in the factory in three parts: a main service volume, a landing, and a stair. Each peace can be loaded onto a truck, and the kiosk can be placed on site very easily.
The kiosk will accommodate different programs in three phases. In the first phase, the kiosk will be exhibited in Millennium Park as part of the Chicago Architectural Biennial, where it will present its form and lighting effect as an architectural sculpture. It can be used as special stage for artistic events as well as a place where people can seat and take a rest. A small artistic exhibition will be held inside. During the second phase, the kiosk will function as a commercial and service space on the lakefront. The signage and interior formation will be altered by each vendor. In the third phase, off-season, perforated aluminium panels will be removed and furniture will be installed in the kiosk. People will use the space as a pavilion and a shelter.